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Pansodan starts its Docs & Talks event – join the first one on November 26!
21 November 2014, 13:29
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Invitation for Docs & Talks

Invitation for Docs & Talks


Pansodan Scene, the sister space of Pansodan Gallery, starts a new series of events at the end of November: Docs & Talks.

Docs & Talks

One month after the launch of the regular art talk Let’s Speak Art, Pansodan Scene starts its screening event, Docs & Talks, sharing the pleasure of watching documentary and experimental films, and talking about it: the filmgoers do not just enjoy discovering the work of dedicated filmmakers on current issues, but the possibility is also provided to meet the people behind the film and ask them about their work.

The Docs & Talks series will be open to various fields within the documentary and experimental genre with an objective to help the films reach a larger audience and allow the exchange of ideas around the different topics raised by the screenings.

Dreams of Dutiful Daughters

The Pansodan Docs & Talks will debut on 26 November with a documentary film never screened before in public in Myanmar. Dreams of Dutiful Daughters, a film by Dr. Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi. She shot the footage around the Thai/Myanmar border while carrying out her PhD research. The film is about the experience of Burmese women who, desperate to survive and support their families, cross the border to find work in Thailand where they are vulnerable to exploitation and violence because of their illegal status. Workers from Myanmar are a majority of the millions of foreign workers in Thailand. They are also the least likely to hold work permits. Of these, only very few are allocated to women. The film is about seeing how they handle their circumstances with grace, courage, humour and a positive spirit.

The first Docs & Talks will be on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at Pansodan Scene. The doors open at 6.30 p.m., entrance is free. The screening will be followed by a session of questions and answers. The film is about 50 minutes, in Burmese with English subtitles.

About the Director

Dr. Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi, a social and cultural anthropologist, is an award-winning gender specialist and filmmaker. She won the ‘Excellence in Gender Research’ title in 2013 —the most prestigious award given to an Australian academic in the area of gender studies. Dr. Mar was born and grew up in Rangoon. She lived in Thailand, Lao, Malaysia, and Cambodia before moving to Australia. While teaching at the Australian National University for many years, Dr. Mar completed her Grad. Dip, MA, MAS, and PhD. Currently she is at the University of Oxford and she was a member of Oxford University delegation led by the university’s vice-chancellor. She is also a senior adviser and works with various senior officials and government in Australia amongst other places, as well as in various educational institutions and INGOs on gender, development, peace in Myanmar. Dr. Mar has many years of experience working with vulnerable Burmese communities in sensitive and complex political environments where violence, poverty, and substance abuse are common. Her application of transformative research methodology stands her in good stead as she embarks on her research to investigate issues of gender-education, development and peace within the framework of a modernising Burmese society and cultural transformation. She has won several other awards, including the ‘Australia Day Unsung Hero Award’ in 2008 and the Australian National University Asian Studies award in 2009; she was a nominee for the Australian International Women’s Day Award in 2010.


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